3 Things You Might Not Know About the LPC Board and Supervision

1. Supervisors are responsible for mailing site changes and supervision changes to the board.

Rule 681.91 (k): “A Supervisor must submit the change of site/supervision form into the board office for approval before commencing supervision at a new site or with a new supervisor. Without an approved supervision form on file with the board, supervised hours may not be counted toward licensure.”

The key point here is ‘the supervisor must.’ When a law uses the words ‘shall’ or ‘must’ then there is a mandate. In this case, the supervisor is the one who must submit the site change to the board, and the supervisor may be held responsible if the board does not receive the site change. The supervisor can mail the paperwork or deliver it personally. This language shows up again in 681.92 (n):

“A supervisor must submit the change of supervision form into the board office for approval before commencing supervision at a new site or with a new supervisor. Without an approved supervision form on file with the board supervised hours may not be counted toward licensure.”

2. Supervisors must review the board rules and note such on logs (681.92 (i)).

3. Licensed Professional Counselors must be licensed for three years before they are eligible to become a LPC Supervisor (681.93 (a)). This changed from two years in previous rules. The application to become a supervisor can be submitted within two years of completing a 40 hour supervision course (or within 5 years of competing a doctoral level supervision course from an accredited university).

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a supervisor, and you have only been licensed one or two years, then you can take the 40 hour course and wait to submit the application to the board after you pass the three year mark.

Do you want to protect your license? Join a professional organization! The Texas Counseling Association advocates for the counseling profession and keeps its members abreast of all LPC Board rule changes.

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